Where's My Jetpack?

  • by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's the 21st century, and let's be honest: things are a little disappointing. Despite every World's Fair prediction and the advertisements in comic books, we are not living the future we were promised. By now, life was supposed to be a fully automated, atomic-powered, germ-free Utopia, a place where a grown man could wear a velvet spandex unitard and not be laughed at. Where are the ray guns, the flying cars, and the hoverboards that we expected? What happened to our moon colonies and servant robots? In Where's My Jetpack? roboticist Daniel H. Wilson takes a hilarious look at the future we imagined for ourselves. You will learn which technologies are already available - and if the technology is not public, you will learn how to build, buy, or steal it. Where's My Jetpack? is an entertaining look at the world that we always wanted.


What the Critics Say

"Will produce sly chuckles....surprisingly informative." (The Oregonian)


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Just Lots of Fun

This book is not a deep contemplation of the way in which predictions of the future simultaneously over-estimate and under-estimate future capability. This tendency is because predictions of the future tend to overestimate progress in better understood dimensions, while egregiously underestimating progress along new dimensions. The jetpack is a great example of this tendency. It's an almost boringly simple technology compared to all the advances in computing that have happened, yet we don't have jetpacks for largely economic reasons. This phenomenon is an important topic for entrepreneurs and technology leaders and for some reason when I bought the book I was expecting an explanation of this issue.

Instead the book is a rather systematic exploration of the real science behind the top 40 childhood tech. fanatics of the baby boomers. It's meant to be a light fun read; a summer book for the balding or graying geek. It succeeds.
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- Kenneth "Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining."


The humor used in this look at our "somewhat disappointing future" really helps to put things into perspective. The outline is easily followed while listening and the reader has a wonderful low and lilting voice. "Fun Facts" are just that - fun. Anyone who has ever wondered about that stuff science fiction is made of should find comfort in this book.
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- Suzanne "Suzanne"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.